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SERVING CATALINA ~ ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914 VOLUME 97 ISSUE 11 FRIDAY March 25, 2011 BRIEFS Wrigley Science Center starts Tuna Club internship The Tuna Club Foundation has oartnered with the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island to create a one- month Tuna Club Fellow intern- ship program beginning summer 2011: Up to two .internships are available to Catalina residents currently enrolled in accredited full-time college or university pro- grams. Internships will begin on or around Monday, June 6 and end on or around Friday, June 30. See story, page 7 Girl Scouts collect shoes for Japan tsunami victims On Saturday, April 2 the Avalon Girl Scouts will collect gently worn shoes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Atwater Arcade. The shoes will be sent to an organiza- tion called Soles 4 Souls and from there will be sent to the victims of the tsunami in Japan. See story, page 2 "Avalon" author sees Island's vulnerability Located 26 miles from the California coastline, Catalina Island is beautiful--and isolated. That isolation inspired Jeffrey West's novel "Avalon," in which terrorists strike on the Island. See story, page 4 Lancer Golfers Hit the Fairways in new league The Avalon Boys Golf team, the Lancer Linksters, will be in a new league this year and look to have one of its best teams ever. See story, page 9 Medical center provides home help services Avalon seniors are going tobe able to ive independently longer, thanks to a home help program at Catalina Island Medical Center. For more information, call Linda Altherr at (310) 510-0096. See story, page 9 88.7 FM Recruiting Volunteer iPhone reporters could make a name for themselves on Castalina Island. The 88.7 FM Island Radio's news team is look- ing for volunteer iPhone reporters. See story, page 7 Film Festival postponed Organizers have made a last- minute decision to postpone the Avalon International Film Festival. See story, page 7 Pre- Registration for Kindergarten 2010-2011 Avalon / Two Harbors will be hav- ing Kindergarten Pre-Registration for the 2011-2012 School Year. See story, page 3 Harvey Cowell passed peacefully in his sleep Tuesday night after a life that included years of service to his countxy and his beloved Island community of Avalon. Photo courtesy of the Catalina Island Museum LONGTIME COMMUNITY the social,economic and political the narrator of the Island's Easter LEADER AND BELOVED CITI ranks of the world around him. Pageant for nearly a decade. ZEN IS REMEMBERED Cowell helped start the Island's "I would discuss his accom- Chamber of Commerce and Ro- plishments with him and Harvey BY DENNIS KAISER tary Club. would say that.he just felt lucky to "As a Rotarian he was a per-have been in the right place at the There was only one Harvey fect gentleman," said fellow Ava- right time," said Catalina historian Cowell and now he is gone from Ion Rotary member Paul DeMyer. Chuck Liddell. "With all he did, it the people and the Island he loved "We should celebrate his legacy, wasjuststatistically impossible for for the better part of his life. He was the ultimate Rotarian and it to" have been just luck. He was To hear friends and family made the rest of us look good." a very special person and that is members recall Cowell, who died He spent more years as Ava- more likely the reason these great Tuesday morning, March 22, at the Ion's mayor than anyone else to things happened around him." age of 98, his was a rare and won- date, and 20 years in all on the city Liddell said he knew Cowell derful life lived. It was anexample council. It was in that capacity that his entire life. of uncommon decency, good cheer he led a party to greet President "He was a neighbor of my par- and compassion for all within his Richard Nixon when he visited the ents on Descanso Avenue before I community. Island. He was also a 32nd degree was even born," Liddell said. From humble beginnings, Cow- Mason- the highest level one can Born on Feb. 12, 1913 in Los ell rose slowly but steadily within achieve. In addition, Cowell was Cowell, Page 5 BY T'HERESA CUMMINGS Witnesses contacted the city of Avalon offices to notify them of saltwater pooling on Metropole Avenue near Crescent Avenue on Sunday night, March 20. Crews began arriving as early as 5:30 a.m. Monday morning, beginning with the city of Avalon Public Works Department to exam- ine the salt water that was flooding the street. They were followed by Southern California Edison who has electrical vaults under the side- walks of Metropole, which could become a serious hazard with the flow of water. The city of Avalon Fire Department arrived on the scene to control traffic. Foot traffic was of particular concern as well, since the flowing salt water could discharge electrical energy from the vaults. Environ Strategies, who only recently took over the Islands Salt Water operations and Waste Treat- ment Plant, arrived early to face their first crisis on Catalina since taking charge. Jordahl Construction was called in. They were already on a project on Sumner Avenue, and provided immediate assistance for conduct- ing road excavation to determine the source of the salt water leak. It was soon discovered that an "old disconnect of a 2-inch service pipe that had been replaced by a Saltwater, Page 2 BY JIM WATSON To paraphrase the Bard, there are more mysteries on Catalina Is- land, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy. If you've been a faithful reader of this column over the past few weeks, you're aware that I have featured a variety of lo- cal oddities, from UFOs and crip- tids to historical mysteries. But this'week, i think it's time for a ghost story of sorts. For it is well known to anyone who has spent any length of time here that ghost stories abound on the Island. But an incident that occurred in the late 1940s instructs us that they can sometimes be found in the skies as welll Robert Hanley made a lo- cal name for himself during the post-war years as a pilot for Am- phibian Air Transport and Avalon Air Transport. In the late 1950s, he was the owner and operator of Catalina Channel Airline, an enter- prise that lasted nearly a decade. In a book titled "Ghosts of the Air: True Stories of Aerial Haunt- ings" written by Martin Caidin, Hanley writes a guest piece about a nerve-wracking, and ultimately mysterious, event that took place in the late 1940s when Hanley was flying for the old Amphibian Air Transport. It was on a cool autumn day when Hanley and ten passen- Goose, Page 9 Robert Hanley made a local name for himself during the post- war years as a pilot for Amphibian Air Transport and Avalon Air Transport. Photo courtesy of Jim Watson / "i b